Posts by gavin

How Do You Know God Loves You? (Conference Recap)

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

How Do You Know God Loves You? (Conference Recap)

How Do You Know God Loves You? A summary of the Simple Church Conference 2018 (pictured to the left is the home in Stanford, KY where we gathered for the our meetings together) “God loves You!” is foundational truth of the Christian faith. It is repeated so frequently among the faithful that it’s almost ingrained in our minds. “Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so,” is perhaps the first song that many Christians sing to their children. However, how do we really know that God loves us? If someone came to you and said, “Forget the Bible verses.  Tell me why you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God loves you.” How would you answer? This...

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No Place Left Vermont – by Justin Bagley

Posted by on Aug 4, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

No Place Left Vermont – by Justin Bagley

“…there is no more place for me to work in these regions…” -Paul the Apostle (Romans 15:23, NIV) We at Green Mountain Simple Church are immensely excited to partner with No Place Left, “an international movement of movements aimed at getting to no place left where Christ is not made known in our generation.” On August 20-21, 2018, GMSC had the opportunity to partner with Calvary Bible Church in Rutland to host No Place Left trainers Justin White from Raleigh, North Carolina and Jon Slenker from Norfolk, Virginia. Our No Place Left training team in Fellowship Hall at Calvary Bible Church. Left to right, Nick Pope, Jacob Stafford, Jon Slenker, Justin...

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Why I No Longer Go To Church – An Open Letter (by Jeff Herron)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

Why I No Longer Go To Church – An Open Letter (by Jeff Herron)

Below is an “open letter” that Jeff Herron posted to facebook and I’m reposting here with his permission.  I thought Jeff articulated well what I find many simple/house church folks are trying to express–especially to loved ones and other brothers and sisters who may not understand why they are doing what they are doing.  Jeff has posted on this site before and he and his family continue to be an encouragement to me and to many involved in simple churches across the region.   ————— An Open Letter By Jeff Herron To:  My friends and family who regularly attend traditional church services Re: Why I no longer...

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Baptisms in Morehead

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Baptisms in Morehead

Our friends in Morehead, KY are enjoying the blessing of seeing new folks baptized into God’s family! Their simple church was recently joined by eighteen guests to witness their first round of baptisms! Keep this simple church community in your prayers as they see the Kingdom expand and consider their next steps! To learn more about their simple church in Morehead, Ky contact Rich Duffield. ...

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Simple Church Conference 2018

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Conference 2018

REGISTRATION DEADLINE AUGUST 17TH DESCRIPTION Connect with and learn alongside simple/house/organic church practitioners from around the region at this year’s simple church conference. We will take 24-hours to “REFRESH.”   More of a retreat than a “conference,” Gavin Duerson will be facilitating times of encouragement as we look together into God’s Word, and enjoy meals at the Bluebird Cafe!  Come and be refreshed by communion with friends and Christ!   This year we will be staying in the guest homes at the Wilderness Inn in Standford, KY! Visit Website Here. Children? At every simple church network gathering, we...

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Summer Network Gathering – Aug 4 – Red River Gorge

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Summer Network Gathering – Aug 4 – Red River Gorge

Join simple church folks and their friends from the region as we spend a day together hiking in the Red River Gorge!   Many of you have likely hiked to Natural Bridge, but we are going to explore some different trails that will include opportunities to slide down a waterfall, see one of Red River Gorge’s other awesome natural arches, and jump off 20′ rock into a swimming hole!  Take this opportunity to invite a friend and enjoy wonderful conversation throughout the day.   RSVP by August 1st in the form below or by emailing us here. Group size may affect our agenda. Saturday, August 4th, 2018 11:30 am Picnic Lunch & Devotion – Gladie Creek...

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New Simple Church In…Vermont!

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

New Simple Church In…Vermont!

Several months ago I received a very encouraging message from a Justin in Vermont.  Justin left a message that he had been through a type of crises related to his understanding of “church” and stumbled upon our website.  There he found our podcast and listened to several of them and had decided to start a simple church himself.  Over the past several months, I have been encouraged to meet with Justin, his friend Matthew, and members of their community via online meetings using Zoom (something I’m available to do with you as well!).  Their simple church has been blessed to see God move as several folks have committed their lives to Christ in the...

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Francis Chan: Chuck E. Cheese Church?

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Francis Chan: Chuck E. Cheese Church?

In a recent Charisma magazine article, Francis Chan shared more on his journey from megachurch pastor to simple church planter. Chan doesn’t think the standard church model is wrong.  But he does think it’s often distracted from what matters.  He compares it to throwing a birthday party for his son.  He could invite a few friends over to celebrate his song and give him gifts.  He could also rent out Chuck E. Cheese and give everyone all the tokens they could want.  Undoubtedly more kids would come to the second party.  But it’s no longer a celebration for his son: “At some point, all the other stuff distracts us from quality interaction with the person...

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“New Life” and “Family” Testimonies

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

“New Life” and “Family” Testimonies

The following is an excerpt from our friends in Jessamine Co, Kate and Kaleb, who lead a couple of simple churches there!  God continues to do amazing things through their availability to young men and women in need.  Read their entire newsletter here. // What’s Been Happening? New Life! The best thing I can share with you from the last couple of months is that a young girl named Kailee gave her life to Christ. Here’s the simple version of the story that I’m sure started a big party in heaven. Kailee started coming to our Wednesday simple church a few months ago with a group of her friends. She didn’t seem particularly interested in God, but she loves...

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A Word of Encouragement

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A Word of Encouragement

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time, we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10 MSG Recently, I was treated to one of the more encouraging regular meetings that I have when I met with University of Kentucky Assistant Gymnastics Coach Chuck Dickerson. Chuck is one of the most refreshing human beings I know. (I have shared a bit of his story previously on this blog here). It is no wonder that he was recently named...

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